“In the stock game, winning means reaching a higher price.” However, striking the right chord each time needs a fair amount of luck.
No matter how disciplined and systematic investors are, equity market volatility will always manage to get the better of them. While a few lucky ones rake in the moolah, others fall victim to ad hoc strategies.
One could resort to commonly used techniques to find beaten down stocks that have the potential to recover faster than others. However, even such investment choices bear the risk of disappointment. Particularly, one could fall into the value trap if the hidden weaknesses in selected stock are not identified.
So, wouldn’t it be a safer strategy to look for stocks that are winners currently and have the potential to gain further?
Sounds good? Here’s how to execute it:
One should primarily target stocks that have recently been on a bull run. Actually, stocks seeing price strength recently have a high chance of carrying the momentum forward.
If a stock is continuously witnessing an uptrend, there must be a solid reason or else it would have probably crashed. So, looking at stocks that are capable of beating the benchmark that they have set for themselves seems rational.
However, recent price strength alone cannot create magic. Therefore, you need to set other relevant parameters to create a successful investment strategy.
Here’s how you should create the screen to shortlist the current as well as the potential winners.
Percentage Change in Price (4 Weeks) greater than zero: This criterion shows that the stock has moved higher in the last four weeks.
Percentage Change Price (12 Weeks) greater than 10: This indicates that the stock has seen momentum over the last three months. This lowers the risk of choosing stocks that may have drawn attention due to the overwhelming performance of the overall market in a very short period.
Zacks Rank 1: No matter whether market conditions are good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Average Broker Rating 1: This indicates that brokers are also highly hopeful about the stock’s future performance.
Current Price greater than 5: The stocks must all be trading at a minimum of $5.
Current Price/ 52-Week High-Low Range more than 85%: This criterion filters stocks that are trading near their respective 52-week highs. It indicates that these are strong enough in terms of price.
Just these few criteria have narrowed down the search from over 7,700 stocks to just nine.
Here we present five stocks out of the nine:
Communications Systems Inc. (JCS - Free Report) manufactures and sells connectivity infrastructure products for broadband and voice communications in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally.
The company’s stock price has surged 33.6% in the past four weeks. It has an expected earnings growth rate of 143.7% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 93.8% over the past 30 days.
Cannae Holdings Inc. (CNNE - Free Report) is a principal investment firm that primarily invests in restaurants, technology enabled healthcare services, financial services and more.
The stock price has advanced 23.9% in the past four weeks. The company has expected earnings growth rate of 1.4% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 200% over the past 30 days.
Eagle Bancorp Montana Inc. (EBMT - Free Report) provides retail banking services in the south central portion of Montana. It offers various deposit and loan products and services.
The stock price has advanced 10.8% in the past four weeks. The company has expected earnings growth rate of 71% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 8.9% over the past 30 days.
PennyMac Financial Services Inc. (PFSI - Free Report) is engaged in the mortgage banking and investment management activities in the United States. It operates through three segments: Loan Production, Loan Servicing, and Investment Management.
The stock price has advanced 10.5% in the past four weeks. The company has expected earnings growth rate of 74.1% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 15.1% over the past 30 days.
NMI Holdings Inc. (NMIH - Free Report) provides private mortgage guaranty insurance services in the United States. It offers mortgage insurance; reinsurance on loans; and outsourced loan review services to mortgage loan originators.
The stock price has risen 10% in the past four weeks. It has expected earnings growth rate of 53.6% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 6.3% in the past 30 days.
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